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PTGA Spring Newsletter April 10, 2018

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Vol. III, Issue 18


NOTE: this mailing includes annual membership renewal cards for Regular members (over 17 years of age) for the 2018-2019 year. A renewal postcard will be mailed separately for Junior and Regular (17 years of age) members. Tear off and keep your new card; but please promptly return the information portion of the card along with check for $20.00 (regular) or $5.00 (junior). Many times renewing members forget to return the Informational Card portion and/or check or misplace their card. This causes processing headaches later. New members who joined since January, 2018, already have the new yellow 2019 card and are paid in full (no renewal card enclosed). Renewal rules follow: Any member who has not paid by August 31, 2018 will be assessed a $5.00 late fee. Unpaid members will be removed from the roles and will need to rejoin if dues payment is not received by December 31, 2018. Please notify us if you change your mailing address.



Guest passes are available at Perry with sign-off by an active member. The cost is $10 per guest per day. The fee and completed form must be deposited in the mail slot before use of the range. If the guest completes a membership application within 30 days of use of the guest pass the join fee is waived.



On Saturday, May 12th, rain or shine, Perry will co-sponsor with Lenhartsville Fish & Game a Youth Trout Fishing Rodeo. The rodeo is open to members of both clubs, their children and grandchildren at the lower pond at Lenhartsville. You must show your membership card to enter. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and fishing at 8:00 a.m. for children 15 years of age and younger. Adults, 16 years of age and over, can fish after 1:00 p.m. up to 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Beverages and food will be for sale at their clubhouse. Bring your kids and fishing tackle for a day filled with fun. There will be a three fish limit. Cost is $5 for kids and $10 for adults. Anyone wishing to sponsor a fish shall call Ron Bordner at 610-562-3391. Lenhartsville Fish & Game is located at 58 Hein Road, Lenhartsville, Pa. 19534. Take route 143 south from the Borough of Lenhartsville and turn at the first right unto Hein Road. Stay left at the fork in the road and their club is ahead on the right (look for sign and dirt access road).



Perry finished in seventh place in the 2017-2018 Berks Inter-valley Trapshooting League with the traveling trophy remaining with first place Leesport Gun Club. The Monday evening trap league between Perry and Lenhartsville will start May 7th at Lenhartsville. This is a great league for the inexperienced and novice shooter to get started or practice improvement skills. Perry also holds 50 target public shoots the first Sunday of each month. Starting in May, except not for league shoots, we are adding 4 individual boxes of shells to be given away each month by drawing and every time the shooter enters a score their name will be placed into a drawing for three $50 gift cards at the end of the shoot year.



The annual Berks Friends of NRA banquet will be held on Friday evening, May 18th. The ticket price is $55 which features an enjoyable evening with other sportspersons and a delicious dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Wyomissing along with live and silent auctions and numerous raffles for valuable merchandise and guns. The dead-line to purchase a banquet ticket is May 11th. Contact Bob Sproesser at 610-756-4328 if you would like to attend. No ticket sales at the door. Please support your local shooting programs via the NRA.


Perry Hunter Safety Education Course

The required pre-registration is limited to 50 students for our Hunter Ed Safety course. Students must pre-register on-line at the Pa. Game Commission web site at Navigate to the Class Calendar and look for our course. Students must be at least 11 years of age and must attend both sessions, August 3rd and 4th , in order to graduate. Four hours of on-line training should also be completed before attending.


Keep up-to-date

Special events, messages and forms are posted on our web site. Please check for updates.



Nominations for officers for the 2018-2019 term will be accepted at the May regular meeting and voted upon at the June regular meeting. We encourage our members to volunteer for officer and trustee positions.


14th Annual Women On Target®

Perry, along with the NRA Women-On-Target® program and NRA Foundation Inc. are again proud to sponsor this year 2 non-competitive, instructional clinics to mentor women (16 or more years of age) in recreational shooting and hunting sports. The clinics will be held on Saturdays, June 23rd and September 15th. The range will be closed while these clinics are in session. To pre-register simply mail a $40 check along with student’s name, address and phone number to the club or print off and complete the pre-registration form on our web site found under the NRA tab. Please contact Bob Sproesser at 610-756-4328 with any questions. Previous students are welcome to attend. We have again received partial funding from the NRA Foundation and can keep the cost low at $40/student.


Shotgun Patterning

There is a patterning stand for shotguns located between trap-house #2 and #3. Please refrain from firing shotgun shot shells at the pistol /rifle range yardages. Shot shell pellets at such short distances quickly deteriorate the target mats requiring replacements and more frequent maintenance. Limit shotgun use at the range for sighting in slug barrels only.


Big Game Contests

We had no entries for the biggest bear contest. We awarded $50 to four biggest deer rack contest winners, all harvested in Berks County. We had a tie and awarded two in archery, Darryl Balthaser entered a 9 point buck and Tim Strunk entered a 10 point-er. Both had a point total of 31-3/8. Megan DeAngelo won the Junior category with an 8 pointer with a point total of 25-1/4. The Rifle winner was Rodney Rothermel with a 7 pointer with a point total of 27. There were four other archery entries and one other rifle entry and no other entries in the Junior category. The 2017-2018 longest turkey beard contest ends 6/26/18. Bring your harvests to the club for measurement. The next bear and deer contests end at 8:00 p.m. on 1/29/2019 and 2/26/2019 respectively.


Special BFNRA and RMEF Recognition Raffle

Perry will receive several firearms for our support of the 2018 Berks Friends of the NRA . We are offering those guns along with nine other unique guns in a special raffle ticket. Four tickets are enclosed. They cost $5.00 each, $20 total for all four. Sell 10 of the tickets and receive a free ticket for yourself. The drawing will be held at our club Trap shoot on Sunday, August 5th. Ticket holders do NOT have to be present to win. We will add additional gun or cash prizes if ticket sales are brisk. Last year we held a similar raffle and we awarded a total of 18 guns and 9 cash awards due to excellent sales results.


NRA Certified Training

Perry offers NRA certified courses in rifle, pistol and shotgun, Refuse-To-Be-A-Victim, etc. to individuals, families and groups on an as-needed basis. Check the NRA website for courses already scheduled or to arrange for a specific course please contact Bob Sproesser at 610-756-4328 to set up a schedule.


Large Range Closed

Three community events are currently scheduled that require the large range to be closed for a portion of the following dates: (1) Saturday, April 28th for Cabela’s Ladies day at the Range, (2) Saturday, June 23rd for a Women-On-Target clinic and (3) Saturday, Sept. 15th for a Women-On-Target clinic.


NRA Membership

Perry is a registered recruiter for the NRA. The Association receives a recruiter fee if you join or renew your current membership with the NRA through our club. Log on to our web site or stop by the club for further details. This is a great time to join or renew given the negative liberal news media reports toward the NRA.

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The purpose for which the association is formed is to promote the advancement of practical knowledge of the mechanism of firearms and efficiency in the use and operation thereof, the maintenance of an Association for the preservation of game.
The stocking and re-stocking of lands for such purpose, and the dissemination of information and knowledge generally pertaining to Game and Game laws.
For the conservation of soil, fish and game.

Perry Gun Club is a game association that provides NRA training and a shooting range to people in and around Shoemakersville PA, Reading PA, and Allentown PA.

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